The 2015 edition of San Diego Deuce Day (subtitled, "Deuces 'n Diggers") was held on October 3rd in Escondido, California’s Felicita Park. Once again we were coupled up with Escondido Cruisin” Grand’s season finale Nitro Night. Nitro Night brings out about twenty or so nitro-burning ‘60’s era Top Fuel Dragsters and Altereds. We Deuce owners have preferred parking adjacent to the dragsters’ pit area. Cruisin’ Grand’s Nitro Night cackle fest is like no other that we know of. There may be more cars at an event such as Famosa’s Hot Rod Reunion, but to have this many on the main thoroughfare of downtown is unique. The grand finale is lighting off two diggers at a time and pushing them down the street for a block where they stage at a Christmas Tree and cackle for the crowds to enjoy. Upwards of twenty thousand folks crowd downtown Escondido to be a part of this thrilling evening.
Then, there’s the Deuces! Saturday morning dawns to more than fifty ’32 Fords of all models, colors, and types of motorvation finding their way to Felicita Park. The atmosphere is laid back (is that typical for sleepy old San Diego?) and the idyllic park setting is perfect for a day of meeting up with old friends and making new ones. The common thread is our love affair with Henry’s Deuce. There’s no raffles, no band to distract, no burnouts, no trophies, just an opportunity to see how that Deuce over here differs from that Deuce over there. And believe me, there was plenty of variety. There were roadsters, coupes of both the 3 and 5 windowed varieties, sedans both Tudor and Fordor, and a two-door Phaeton thrown in to round out the field.
Chick Koszis and Paul Bundy, the show’s producers would like to thank all of the Deuce owners who so kindly brought out their cars for us to enjoy (one skinny guy from Wenatchee, Washington – 1,260 miles one way in his), our enduring spouses for putting up with our incessant preparation, Jim and Jan Sheridan – the best BBQ’ers in southern California, Steve Waldron for the killer t-shirts, Hot Rods & Custom Stuff for the publicity, and the kind staff of Felicita Park who keep the Park so inviting. We plan to do this again in 2016, so visit our website at www.sandiegodeuceday.com to keep up with the latest news.